Music Theory & Musicianship Courses & Classes in London and Online

Musicianship courses will support your instrumental or vocal studies with a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For more details about musicianship and music theory courses please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time you can enjoy 20% off our online courses with a start date from 1 September 2020 using discount code: NEWONLINE. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

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  1. Musicianship for keyboard players: introduction

    Course Date: Mon 6 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to the piano. This course is for pianists who have been learning for around two years. Tutor: Jonathan Wilson.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Song lyric writing: create and combine with melody

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 9 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your everyday experiences. Look at structure, creating a hook and finding your unique writing style. tutor : Polly Hwewtt.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00

  3. Swing jazz rhythm notation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to improve your reading and playing in swing time? This 'clinic' aims to help you hear and steer in swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  4. Songwriting: form and function

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your ability to make songs through practical exercises. Examine well known songs from pop, rock and jazz in order to understand their chord progressions, accompaniment, bass lines and rhythm. Ideal for players and singers with a good working knowledge of harmony.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  5. Composition techniques: intensive workshop

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Write a composition in a week, using the concepts of ground bass and variations. Good music theory knowledge (grade 5 or higher) and playing skills needed.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Musicianship 1: learn to read music

    Musicianship 1: learn to read music

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn how to understand the notation of pitch, metre and rhythm. An introduction for absolute beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Score reading: the classical period

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to identify the broad stylistic features of piano and other instrumental scores from the late 18th century. For musicians at Grade 5 theory (or equivalent) standard or higher: this course includes discussion of diatonic harmony, including chord progression.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Music theory: grade 7

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn more complex elements of music: figured bass, melodic and harmonic decoration, writing for instrument or voice with given accompaniment, and score analysis of harmonic and phrase structure, style, performance and directions. NB: this course has scheduled breaks 28Sept & 26Oct and breaks for Christmas on 7Dec returning on 11Jan.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  9. Music theory: counterpoint 1

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Leads to part 2 next term. Break week: 26 Oct 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  10. Music theory: diploma topics 1

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. You may use this course as part of your preparation for this exam, or just to develop your knowledge. This term: Musical skills. This course has two scheduled break weeks: 28 Sept & 26 Oct.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  11. Musicianship 2: aural training with solfa A

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    These online practical sessions will focus on sight-singing and aural perception to develop your general musicianship. Gain a deeper understanding of different tonalities, develop your ability to pick out notes in chords, write down melodies that you hear, and improve your rhythmic accuracy. Based on the famous Kodály method. Leads to part B next term. Break week: 26 Oct 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  12. Music theory: introduction to score reading & analysis

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to navigate music scores and analyse basic structures. Learn to identify stylistic characteristics of music from different periods of music history, suitable for developing your understanding of music in its historical context, and to support the style identification elements of grade 5+ ABRSM exams.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Music theory: grade 4

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Study more complex musical language including duplets, double-dotted rhythms, alto clef, double sharps/flats, the

    concept of enharmonic equivalence, and recognising and writing common triads. Learn the technical names for scale degrees, and standard ornaments and instruments. This course has a break week (27 Oct) and Christmas break (1 Dec-5 Jan) returning 12th Jan.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  14. Music theory: grade 1

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the basic principles of musical language and notation: rhythmic values, time signatures, pitch on treble and bass clefs, simple major scales, intervals and key signatures, and the most common musical terms and signs. Break week: 27 October 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  15. Music theory: grade 6

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to write four-part harmony, harmonise and write diatonic melodies, modulate, and analyse scores (harmony, melodic decoration, phrase structure, performance instructions, stylistic implications). This course has a break-week (28 Oct), and a Christmas break (2 Dec-6 Jan) returning on 13 Jan.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

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